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Pro-Cathedral Regains Role

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, will restore St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights to its status as pro-cathedral on Sept. 16.

The parish was the diocese’s pro-cathedral from 1869 to 1885, when the Cathedral of the Incarnation opened in Garden City and became the diocesan seat.

The celebration will begin with a procession from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, along Montague Street, to the church for a 5:30 pm service of Evensong.

“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the diocese this year, this pro-cathedral designation is both a recognition of the historic role of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity in our diocese and it is a mission-focused strategy to reinvigorate our ministry to the people in the City of New York, especially the 5 million people who call Brooklyn and Queens home,” Bishop Provenzano said. “St. Ann & the Holy Trinity will become the official place from which the bishop of the diocese can speak to the people of New York City.”

“The designation of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity as pro-cathedral is a privilege that affirms our church’s enduring significance as a house of prayer and community resource,” said the Rev. John Denaro, rector of the parish. “We joyfully accept our new responsibilities to the bishop, fellow Episcopalians and neighbors, and embrace this larger opportunity to extend Christian hospitality.”

Adapted from the Diocese of Long Island

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